Portrait of Valeska Suratt with Chains and Skull

Portrait of Valeska Suratt with Chains and Skull
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17567
Building: 
Current Location: 
Storage Room 303
Floor: 
Lower Level/Vault
Object Description
Artist: 
Artist Dates: 
1884-1982
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a sepia-toned reproduction photograph print of Valeska Suratt
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
25 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
31 inches
Description: 

Valeska Suratt was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. She became known as “The Vampire Woman” on the silent screen and appeared in vaudeville with Billy Gould. She began acting on film after being noticed by producer Edward Edelston. The “flapper age” put an end to her obsolete vampy style resulting in her early retirement from the stage. In this full-length portrait, Suratt turns her back to the camera, with arms constrained to her side by linked chains, she looks over her shoulder with a slight distressed expression. The entire scene fulfills a sense of macabre, with heighten use of shadow, dark back drops, a skull prop, and a towering candle. Surrat’s face is wrapped in a band of black lace that singles out her facial features from the rest of her body, her dark garment has a sheer back, with a lace pattern, covering her shoulders and mid back. The whole attire creating a lurid persona. The bottom left of the print contains the signature “HIXON CONNELLY K.C. ©’ 16”.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes